26 February 2012

COOKING LESSON, Dinner Party Menu, ChefGary and ChefGary2

I have cooked for Gary Connolly and his friends several times now but my latest meeting with my namesake was for a one on one cooking lesson. Gary came up with a brilliant three course menu that he wanted to prepare for a dinner party and we worked together for the morning preparing and cooking some fabulous food. It was a great experience to work through my recipes with Gary who already has a great knowledge of food, enabling us to knuckle down and create a great dinner party menu.

We sat down over a cup of tea and discussed the menu before hand and what our action plan would be. With Gary's existing abilities and passion for good food we were soon busy in the kitchen.


To Start:

Cheddar, blush tomato and spring onion loaf, olive oil and balsamic,
x x x
Saute king prawns, chorizo, chilli, garlic, lime, rocket salad,

Main Course:

Fillet of beef Wellington, Parma ham, wild mushroom pate, puff pastry,
Red wine gravy, fondant potato, carrots, green beans, asparagus.

To finish:
Trio of desserts

Vanilla creme brulee, chocolate brownie, strawberry cheesecake.

Gary was really keen, showing great existing skills, preparing everything himself under my guidance. I was informed that his friends were really impressed with his full banquet menu, with Gary moving his cooking abilities up to the next level.

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